A quick and easy recipe for the humble Pithla, the traditional Maharashtrian stew made with chickpea flour seasoned with some basic spices and aromatics. I’m elevating my family’s simple recipe using fresh ingredients like green garlic and green red onions that I found at the farmers market during the Spring season.
Beautiful spring weather is here to stay and with that, I’m back to my weekend trips to the farmers market for the season’s bounty. I love cooking with farm fresh ingredients and this time I used some farm fresh green garlic and green red onion to elevate Pithla, the traditional Maharastrian Chickpea Flour Stew.
Pithla, a humble comfort food, was prepared quite often in my home while I was growing up. Mom (and my grandmothers as well) whipped it up as a quick and easy side dish, without many bells and whistles. They simply sautéed some onions with green chilies in turmeric and mustard-scented oil. Once the onions turned soft, a chickpea flour slurry was poured into the mix, along with some salt and sugar, and stirred continuously over low heat until it thickened and cooked completely. Whether spooned over steamed Ambe Mohar rice or served alongside bajrichi bhakri (unleavened pearl millet flour flatbread) or jwarichi bhakri (unleavened sorghum flour flatbread), it was pure bliss!
Elevating the Humble Pithla
With the green garlic and the green red onion I picked up from my farmers’ market, I elevated the simple dish. If you can’t find fresh green garlic, it is available in the frozen section of Indian stores. You can absolutely make it with regular garlic and scallions/green onions that are easily available in any grocery store. Buttermilk is typically not used in the classic recipe, but I love to add it. It gives the stew a mellow sour flavor that’s simply out of this world! Give it a try and see for yourself! I’ve linked a short video below that I put together for you that you can follow and easily whip up this signature concoction in your own kitchen.
Hi I’m Vasanti
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I share a modern take on Indian cuisine made using nontraditional techniques and ingredients, while staying true to its authenticity. You’ll also find classic recipes from my beloved Maharashtrian culture and heritage.